Tips to prevent Oral Cancer

We all know the harmful consequences of abusing tobacco. Be it chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes, it has eventual hazards that you may face if you’re unfortunate to not catch the early signs of cancer be it oral or lung related.

Most cases in India are Oral cancer prone.Oral cancer ranks among the top 3 types of cancer in the country. Over 30% of all cancers in the country are oral cancers. Three-fourth of all tobacco-related cancers are head and neck cancers which include cancers of oral cavity, tongue, oesophagus(food pipe), while about one-fourth are lung cancers.

4 lakh new cases are added in Central India alone.Nagpur is regarded as the oral cancer capital of not just India but the world due to maximum patients reported there. In India, 1 person dies of oral cancer every 6 hrs.

Dr. Parag Shah, B.D.S

Some of the initial signs of oral cancer can be mistaken for other problems, such as a cold or toothache.But if the following synptoms continue for more than a week, then you must consult a dentist or an oral surgeon immediately. He may do a biopsy if he finds anything suspicious.
Signs and symptoms of mouth cancer may include:-

  • Non healing sore (ulcer)
  • A bleeding sore (ulcer)
  • Red or white lesion on the oral mucosa
  • A growth, lump or thickening of skin
  • Tongue pain
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Sore throat

Oral cancer is a highly preventable disease and also very treatable, if caught early. You can avert the risk of oral cancer if you donnot use tobacco, limit alcohol consumption to not more than one drink if you’re a woman and two if you’re a man because alcohol consumption affects women before and more than it affects a man. Stay out of the sun as much as you can, especially between 10 am and 4 pm. Don’t let the sun affect your lips as it is the starting point of catching oral cancer. Always use a lip balm with SPF 30 or higher if you have to get out in the sun. Eat lots of fruits & vegetables to always keep your body hydrated  and exercise regularly. Visit a dentist every 6 months to keep a track on your oral health.

We hope our blog can help you quit smoking and chewing tobacco to prevent signs of oral cancer.